Meet new member and 2019 FAPA Medalist Lyla Faircloth Ellzey
My name is Lyla Faircloth Ellzey and I’m a child of the South, having grown up in small-town rural Florida. I attended Florida schools, receiving my undergraduate degree in English-Speech from USF in Tampa, when it was located a long way out in the country by itself, and my M.ED. from UF in Gainesville, but when the city was considerably smaller.
I’m delighted to be a part of FAPA. I had the amazing honor of winning the Bronze Medal for two categories in the just-awarded 2019 FAPA Awards. My Young Adult Fiction novel Losing Herself won Bronze for both the book itself and for the cover art. I truly couldn’t be more pleased than to have been a medal winner on my first try!
My publisher, Ginger Marks, of DocUmeant Publishing, released another book a couple of weeks prior to Losing Herself titled Anticipation of Evil. While the first is based on true happenings I witnessed in a friend with multiple personalities and set in the fictionalized and glamorous life of the Hollywood elite, the second is a murder mystery set in Green Bay in the dead of winter. Much research went into both, as it did for my other three books, self-published and in print.
I am a self-professed “Pantser” writing by the seat of my pants without an outline. It works for me. I exist on little sleep because I have a parade of thoughts constantly marching through my head that say, “Wake up and pay attention to me!” And so I do! I’ll sleep when I no longer have interesting thoughts.
Emma and Susie lead a fabulous life. They live in Los Angeles, the daughters of a glamorous movie actress and an international agent whose job is filled with intrigue. But all is not well in Paradise. When Emma’s disruptive behavior gets them kicked out of their parochial school, she is diagnosed at 14 with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). She is besieged by multiple personalities who affect worrisome changes in the lives of the whole family—particularly irreverent and fun-loving Susie, who at age 12 gives herself entirely to being her adored sister’s caretaker, running interference and doing damage control for the unexpected and often bizarre things Emma does when one of her alter personalities takes over. Homeschooled, she misses out on being a normal teenager, and loses herself as she devotes her life to dealing with, among others, six-year-old Julia; Ralph, age 13, who claims her as his girl; and vicious boy-man Sam who wants to get rid of Emma so he can be in command of her body. Through years of therapy, will Emma be integrated back to being just Emma? Will Susie regain herself? Will both find happiness with their boyfriends? Find out in this heart-wrenching but often funny novel.